And now I, Nephi, proceed to give an account upon these plates of my proceedings and my reign and ministry; Wherefore, to proceed with mine account I must speak somewhat of the things of my father, and also of my brethren.
For behold, it came to pass that after my father had made an end of speaking the words of his dream, and also of exhorting them to all diligence, He spake unto them concerning the Jews - How that after they were destroyed, yea, even that great City Jerusalem, and that many were carried away captive into Babylon, That according to the own due time of the Lord they should return again, yea, even be brought back out of captivity;
And after that they are brought back out of captivity to possess again their land of inheritance,
Yea, even six hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem, a Prophet would the Lord God raise up among the Jews, Yea, even a Messiah, or in other words, a Savior of the world.
And he also spake concerning the prophets - How great a number had testified of these things concerning this Messiah of which he had spoken, or this Redeemer of the world;
Wherefore, all mankind was in a lost and in a fallen state and ever would be, save they should rely on this Redeemer.
And he spake also concerning a prophet which should come before the Messiah to prepare the way of the Lord;
Yea, even he should go forth and cry in the wilderness: "Prepare ye the way of the Lord and make His paths straight,
For there standeth One among you whom ye know not; And He is mightier than I, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose."
And much spake my father concerning this thing;
And my father saith that he should baptize in Bethabara beyond Jordan, And he also spake that he should baptize with water, yea, even that he should baptize the Messiah with water;
And after that he had baptized the Messiah with water, he should behold and bear record that he had baptized the Lamb of God which should take away the sin of the world.
And it came to pass that after my father had spoken these words, he spake unto my brethren concerning the gospel which should be preached among the Jews,
And also concerning the dwindling of the Jews in unbelief;
And after that they had slain the Messiah which should come, And after that He had been slain, He should rise from the dead and should make Himself manifest by the Holy Ghost unto the Gentiles.
Yea, even my father spake much concerning the Gentiles, and also concerning the house of Israel - That they should be compared like unto an olive tree whose branches should be broken off and should be scattered upon all the face of the earth;
Wherefore, he said it must needs be that we should be led with one accord into the Land of Promise, unto the fulfilling of the word of the Lord that we should be scattered upon all the face of the earth;
And after that the house of Israel should be scattered, they should be gathered together again;
Or, in fine, that after the Gentiles had received the fullness of the gospel, the natural branches of the olive tree - or the remnants of the house of Israel - should be grafted in, or come to the knowledge of the true Messiah, their Lord and their Redeemer.
And after this manner of language did my father prophesy and speak unto my brethren,
And also many more things which I do not write in this book, For I have written as many of them as were expedient for me in mine other book.
And all these things of which I have spoken were done as my father dwelt in a tent in the Valley of Lemuel.
And it came to pass that after I, Nephi - Having heard all the words of my father concerning the things which he saw in a vision,
And also the things which he spake by the power of the Holy Ghost, which power he received by faith on the Son of God,
And the Son of God was the Messiah which should come -
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, was desirous also that I might see and hear and know of these things by the power of the Holy Ghost, which is the gift of God unto all those who diligently seek Him, as well in times of old as in the time that He should manifest Himself unto the children of men,
For He is the same yesterday, today and forever,
And the way is prepared for all men from the foundation of the world, if it so be that they repent and come unto Him.
For he that diligently seeketh shall find,
And the mysteries of God shall be unfolded to them by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in this time as in times of old,
And as well in times of old as in times to come;
Wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal round.
Therefore, remember O man, for all thy doings thou shalt be brought into judgment;
Wherefore, if ye have sought to do wickedly in the days of your probation, then ye are found unclean before the judgment seat of God,
And no unclean thing can dwell with God, wherefore, ye must be cast off forever;
And the Holy Ghost giveth authority that I should speak these things and deny them not.
For it came to pass that after I had desired to know the things that my father had seen, and believing that the Lord was able to make them known unto me,
Wherefore, as I sat pondering in mine heart, I was caught away in the Spirit of the Lord, yea, into an exceeding high mountain, A mountain which I never had before seen and upon which I never had before set my foot.
And the Spirit saith unto me: "Behold, what desirest thou?"
And I saith: "I desire to behold the things which my father saw."
And the Spirit saith unto me: "Believest thou that thy father saw the tree of which he hath spoken?"
And I said: "Yea, thou knowest that I believe all the words of my father."
And when I had spake these words, the Spirit cried with a loud voice, saying: "Hosanna to the Lord, the Most High God! for He is God over all the earth, yea, even above all!
"And blessed art thou, Nephi, because thou believest in the Son of the Most High God; Wherefore, thou shalt behold the things which thou hast desired;
And behold, this thing shall be given unto thee for a sign: That after thou hast beheld the tree which bore the fruit of which thy father tasted, thou shalt also behold a Man descending out of heaven, And Him shall ye witness; And after that ye shall have witnessed Him, ye shall bear record that it is the Son of God."
And it came to pass that the Spirit saith unto me: "Look!" And I looked and beheld a tree; And it was like unto the tree which my father had seen; And the beauty thereof was far beyond, yea, exceeding of all beauty; And the whiteness thereof did exceed the whiteness of the driven snow.
And it came to pass that after that I had seen the tree, I said unto the Spirit: "I behold Thou hast shown unto me the tree which is most precious above all."
And He saith unto me: "What desirest thou?"
And I said unto Him: "To know the interpretation thereof."
For I spake unto Him as a man speaketh, for I beheld that He was in the form of a man, Yet nevertheless, I knew that it was the Spirit of the Lord; And He spake unto me as a man speaketh with another.
And it came to pass that He said unto me: "Look!" And I looked as if to look upon Him and I saw Him not, for He had gone from before my presence.
And it came to pass that I looked and beheld the great City Jerusalem, and also other cities;
And I beheld the City of Nazareth; And in the City of Nazareth I beheld a virgin and she was exceeding fair and white.
And it came to pass that I saw the heavens open and an angel came down and stood before me; And he saith unto me: "Nephi, what beholdest thou?"
And I saith unto him: "A virgin most beautiful and fair above all other virgins."
And he saith unto me: "Knowest thou the Condescension of God?"
And I said unto him: "I know that He loveth His children, Nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things."
And he said unto me: "Behold, the virgin which thou seest is the mother of God, after the manner of the flesh."
And it came to pass that I beheld that she was carried away in the Spirit;
And after that she had been carried away in the Spirit a time, for the space of a time, the angel spake unto me, saying: "Look!"
And I looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing a Child in her arms;
And the angel said unto me: "Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Eternal Father!
Knowest thou the meaning of the tree which thy father saw?"
And I answered him, saying: "Yea, it is the love of God which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; Wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things."
And he spake unto me, saying: "Yea, and the most joyous to the soul!"
And after that he had said these words, he said unto me: "Look!" And I looked and I beheld the Son of God a going forth among the children of men;
And I saw many fall down at His feet and worship Him.
And it came to pass that I beheld that the rod of iron which my father had seen was the word of God which led to the fountain of living waters, or to the tree of life, which waters are a representation of the love of God;
And I also beheld that the tree of life was a representation of the love of God.
And the angel said unto me again: "Look and behold the Condescension of God."
And I looked and beheld the Redeemer of the world of which my father had spoken;
And I also beheld the prophet which should prepare the way before Him;
And the Lamb of God went forth and was baptized of him;
And after that He was baptized, I beheld the heavens open and the Holy Ghost come down out of heaven and abode upon Him in the form of a dove;
And I beheld that He went forth ministering unto the people in power and great glory;
And the multitudes were gathered together to hear Him;
And I beheld that they cast Him out from among them;
And I also beheld twelve others following Him;
And it came to pass that they were carried away in the Spirit from before my face, that I saw them not.
And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me, saying: "Look!" And I looked and I beheld the heavens open again;
And I saw angels descending upon the children of men, And they did minister unto them.
And he spake unto me again, saying: "Look!" And I looked and I beheld the Lamb of God going forth among the children of men;
And I beheld multitudes of people which were sick and which were afflicted of all manner of diseases and with devils and unclean spirits;
And the angel spake and showed all these things unto me;
And they were healed by the power of the Lamb of God, And the devils and the unclean spirits were cast out.
And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me again, saying: "Look!" And I looked and beheld the Lamb of God, that He was taken by the people, Yea, the Everlasting God was judged of the world; And I saw and bear record;
And I, Nephi, saw that He was lifted up upon the cross and slain for the sins of the world;
And after that He was slain I saw the multitudes of the earth, that they were gathered together to fight against the apostles of the Lamb, for thus were the twelve called by the angel of the Lord;
And the multitude of the earth was gathered together;
And I beheld that they were in a large and spacious building like unto the building which my father saw.
And the angel of the Lord spake unto me, saying: "Behold the world and the wisdom thereof;
Yea, behold, the house of Israel hath gathered together to fight against the twelve apostles of the Lamb."
And it came to pass that I saw and bear record that the great and spacious building was the pride of the world,
And it fell; And the fall thereof was exceeding great.
And the angel of the Lord spake unto me, saying: "Thus shall be the destruction of all nations, kindreds, tongues and people that shall fight against the twelve apostles of the Lamb."
And it came to pass that the angel said unto me: "Look and behold thy seed, and also the seed of thy brethren!"
And I looked and beheld the land, the Land of Promise;
And I beheld multitudes of people, yea, even as it were in number as many as the sand of the sea.
And it came to pass that I beheld multitudes gathered together to battle one against the other; And I beheld wars and rumors of wars and great slaughters with the sword among my people.
And it came to pass that I beheld many generations pass away after the manner of wars and contentions in the land;
And I beheld many cities, yea, even that I did not number them.
And it came to pass that I saw a mist of darkness on the face of the Land of Promise;
And I saw lightnings, And I heard thunderings and earthquakes and all manner of tumultuous noises;
And I saw the earth, that it rent, And the rocks, that they rent;
And I saw mountains tumbling into pieces;
And I saw the plains of the earth, that they were broken up;
And I saw many cities, that they were sunk;
And I saw many, that they were burnt with fire;
And I saw many, that they did tumble to the earth because of the quaking thereof.
And it came to pass that after I saw these things, I saw the vapor of darkness, that it passed from off the face of the earth.
And behold, I saw the multitudes which had not fallen because of the great and terrible judgments of the Lord;
And I saw the heavens open and the Lamb of God descending out of heaven; And He came down and He showed Himself unto them;
And I also saw and bear record that the Holy Ghost fell upon twelve others, And they were ordained of God and chosen.
And the angel spake unto me, saying: "Behold the twelve disciples of the Lamb which are chosen to minister unto thy seed."
And he saith unto me: "Thou remembereth the twelve apostles of the Lamb? Behold, they are they which shall judge the twelve tribes of Israel;
Wherefore, the twelve ministers of thy seed shall be judged of them, for ye are of the house of Israel; And these twelve ministers which thou beholdest shall judge thy seed;
And behold, they are righteous forever, For because of their faith in the Lamb of God, their garments are made white in His blood."
And the angel saith unto me: "Look!" And I looked and beheld three generations did pass away in righteousness; Their garments were white, even like unto the Lamb of God;
And the angel said unto me: "These are made white in the blood of the Lamb because of their faith in Him."
And I, Nephi, also saw many of the fourth generation which did pass away in righteousness.
And it came to pass that I saw the multitudes of the earth gathered together;
And the angel said unto me: "Behold thy seed, and also the seed of thy brethren."
And it came to pass that I looked and beheld the people of my seed gathered together in multitudes against the seed of my brethren, And they were gathered together to battle;
And the angel spake unto me, saying: "Behold the fountain of filthy water which thy father saw, yea, even the river of which he spake; And the depths thereof are the depths of hell;
And the mists of darkness are the temptations of the devil which blindeth the eyes and hardeneth the hearts of the children of men, And leadeth them away into broad roads, that they perish and are lost.